Crispus Campgates

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  1. Ajax

    Ajax Well-Known Member

    A couple weeks ago I came across a Crispus coin at auction. I really didn't have any clue about the history of Crispus, I just really liked the coin and it was cheap! So now after reading about Crispus in the thread that was posted a bit ago ( I'm hooked! I've decided to put together a little Crispus camp gate collection. So for I've got Cyzicus, Heraclea and Rome. Once I get all the mints I'm going to go after the variations. It seems Alexandria is going to be the toughest one to get. Does anyone here have any Crispus Alexandria camp gates??
    Please share any Crispus or any coin you like!
    crispus cyzicus.jpg
    Crispus. Caesar, A.D. 317-326.
    AE 3 (19.9 mm, 2.77 g, 11 h).
    Cyzicus mint, struck A.D. 324-325.
    FL IVL CRISPVS NOB CAES, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust left / PROVIDENTIAE CAESS, camp gate with a star and two turrets above; SMKB in exergue. RIC 25; LRBC 1161.
    Ex Elwood Rafn collection.
    crispus heraclea.jpg

    Crispus. Caesar, A.D. 317-326.
    AE 3 (19.75mm, 3.27 g)
    Heraclea mint, struck A.D. 325-326
    Obverse: CRISPVS - NOB CAES, Diademed draped cuirassed bust right
    Reverse: PROVIDEN - TIAE CAESS, Camp gate with two beacons, star above, SMHΓ in exergue
    crispus rome.jpg

    AE 3 (19mm 3.66g)
    Obverse: FL IVL CRISPVS NOB C - Laureate, draped & cuirassed bust left
    Reverse: PROVIDEN-TIAE CAESS - Camp gate, eight layer with door and two turrets, star between turrets, R wreath Q in ex
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  3. stevex6

    stevex6 Random Mayhem


    Wow Ajax => a hat-trick of cool Crispus-campgates (congrats)
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  4. Andres2

    Andres2 Well-Known Member

    Nice collection of campgates you got there, Ajax

    Only Crispus I own :

  5. Ajax

    Ajax Well-Known Member

    Nice! Shame most of the mintmark is gone. Still a great coin!
  6. Jwt708

    Jwt708 Well-Known Member

    I have a couple of Crispus but no camp gates. I hope you get them all.
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  7. Mikey Zee

    Mikey Zee Delenda Est Carthago

    Really nice pick-ups!!

    Ditto as per JWT
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  8. Jwt708

    Jwt708 Well-Known Member

    What the heck, here are mine:

    Crispus Caesar, AD 317-326
    Ӕ Follis, 18m, 3.1g, 6h; London mint, AD 318
    Obv.: FL IVL CRISPVS NOB CAES, Laureate draped cuirassed bust right
    Rev.: PRINCIPIA I-VVENTVTIS; Crispus standing right in military dress, holding spear and shield, crescent in left field
    In Ex.: PLN

    Crispus, AD 317 - 326
    AE, follis, 3.01g, 19mm; 6h; Aquileia mint
    Obv.: CRISPVS NOB CAES; laureate, cuirassed bust right
    Rev.: CAESARVM NOSTRORVM, VOT / (dot) / V in laurel wreath
    In Ex.: (dot) A[Q]S (dot)
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  9. Mikey Zee

    Mikey Zee Delenda Est Carthago

    Well, if we're posting examples of 'Crispus', here' an AE-4 with the altar reverse truck in London(ium):

    crispus AE4 altar.jpg
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  10. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

  11. stevex6

    stevex6 Random Mayhem

    My only Crispus ...

    crispus a.jpg crispus b.jpg
  12. TIF

    TIF Well that didn't last long :D Supporter

    Nice assortment of Crispy Campgates, @Ajax!

    I have one not very nice example from a mixed lot:

    Crispus, RIC VII Heraclea 18, MHTΓ
  13. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

    I only have this one Crispus, and it happens to be a Trier Campgate:

    RI Crispus 317-326 CE AE Folles Caesar in Trier Campgate Obv-Rev.jpg
    RI Crispus 317-326 CE AE Folles Caesar in Trier Campgate
  14. Cucumbor

    Cucumbor Dombes collector Supporter

    Some crisp Crispus out there. Did anyone tell the dude on the first OP coin he's got a nasty nosebit BTW ? (still, it has a wonderfull portrait !!

    Not a single Crispus campgate here, just two from other types

    Crispus, AE3 Lugdunum mint, 1st officina
    CRISPVS NOB CAES, cuirassed and laureate bust right
    BEATA TRANQUILLITAS, Altar surmounted with three stars, inscribed VO/TIS/XX. C|R in field and PLG at exergue
    3.1 gr
    Ref : RIC VII Lyons # 133, Cohen # 6

    Crispus, AE3 Aquilea mint, 2nd officina
    CRISPVS NOB CAES, cuirassed and laureate bust right
    CAESARVM NOSTRORVM, VOT/V within a laurel wreath, AQS. at exergue
    3.22 gr
    Ref : Cohen # 31,

  15. Muzyck

    Muzyck I'll gladly pay you Tuesday for a biscuit today.

    Oops. (I posted this earlier in the Crispus thread by mistake)

    This is one is rough. Letters below campgate appear to be MIOB? Seems to have a bit of silver wash. I only have a few Roman coins, almost all very low grade. Just looked at a list of mint marks and could not find MIOB.

    Crispus 317 - 326 AD MIOB.jpg
  16. TIF

    TIF Well that didn't last long :D Supporter

    Hard to tell what the third letter is but the first two are going to be SM (whether or not they look like that on your coin). "Sacra Moneta", and the third letter will indicate the mint city, and the B is for the second officina of this mint. Looks like there's a dot after the B.

    Seeing the obverse would help pin it down as would reading the reverse legend. Dane Kurth has some excruciatingly detailed spreadsheets for these campgates and with enough bits of information from your coin, you can find its RIC number from these spreadsheets. (Scroll down this page to the campgates spreadsheet)

    Looks like SMKB・(Cyzicus) to me but the oblique lighting made funny shadows on the coin.
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  17. randygeki

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  18. Severus Alexander

    Severus Alexander Blame my mother. Supporter

    Very nice OP campgate (love the turrets); also nice shields and altars above.

    Here's my Crispus:
    Struck 323-4, Trier
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  19. Victor_Clark

    Victor_Clark standing on the shoulders of giants Dealer

    Below are two examples that I sold a few months ago.

    Alexandria35a.jpg Alexandria35b.jpg
  20. Muzyck

    Muzyck I'll gladly pay you Tuesday for a biscuit today.

    Thanks. Agree that it is SMKB. Don't know how I missed it. Sorry for the poor lighting. I am not set up for good photos.

  21. Ajax

    Ajax Well-Known Member

    Sweet examples everyone. I just added this one rHP7Fi3e8bqNDLo9Xd2B6RocmtP54Y.jpg
    Trier 19mm 3.2g
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